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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Nehemiah 11:20-36

Having given an account of the principal persons that dwelt in Jerusalem (a larger account of whom he had before, 1 Chron. 9:2-34), Nehemiah, in these verses, gives us some account of the other cities, in which dwelt the residue of Israel, Neh. 11:20. It was requisite that Jerusalem should be replenished, yet not so as to drain the country. The king himself is served of the field, which will do little service if there be not hands to manage it. Let there therefore be no strife, no envy, no... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Nehemiah 11:21

But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel ,.... An high place or tower on the wall of Jerusalem, see 2 Chronicles 27:3 , and Ziha, and Gispa, were over the Nethinims ; had the oversight of them, and took care that they did their work; they were such themselves, but the principal of them, see Ezra 2:43 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nehemiah 11:1-36

PART III . ENLARGEMENT OF THE POPULATION OF JERUSALEM , WITH THE NUMBER OF THE ADULT MALES , AND THE NAMES OF THE CHIEFS . VARIOUS LISTS OF PRIESTS AND LEVITES AT DIFFERENT PERIODS ( Nehemiah 11:1-36 ; Nehemiah 12:1-26 ). Having been led, in speaking of this matter, to give a sort of catalogue of the chief dwellers at Jerusalem (verses 4-19), and another of the country towns and villages occupied at this time by those... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nehemiah 11:1-36

Town and country. Variety in unity. Nehemiah had been some time before (see Nehemiah 7:4 , Nehemiah 7:5 ) impressed with the necessity of increasing the population of Jerusalem, and had taken preliminary steps; but other more pressing matters had intervened. He now proceeded with his design. His purpose was, that of the whole population one-tenth should inhabit the metropolis, and he arranged that the additional families to dwell there should be determined by lot. First, however,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nehemiah 11:1-36

The true centralisation. We separate the nation from the world not to surround it with a false patriotism which means self-interest, but that in the fulfilment of the Divine purpose and law we may be the greater blessing to mankind. I. The true centre of the life of the community is THE RELIGIOUS CENTRE . Jerusalem as the sacred city. The secular and religious are not opposed. The man of God is the true man. There is no true strength and prosperity where there is an inversion of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nehemiah 11:3-36

Three elements in the Church of Christ. In the first verse of this chapter Jerusalem is called "the holy city;" as such it was the type of the Church of Christ. In three respects it bore to the Christian Church a real and close resemblance. 1. It was a separated city; separated and fenced from surrounding idolatries and immoralities. 2. It was a distinguished city; distinguished by 3. It was a commissioned city; charged to hold and preserve a certain deposit of sacred truth... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Nehemiah 11:21

The Nethinims dwelt in Ophel . See above, Nehemiah 3:26 Ophel, the southern prolongation of the temple hill, was a sort of suburb of Jerusalem, sometimes reckoned as part of the city, sometimes as distinct from it. It was a convenient position for the Nethinims, who were employed in menial offices about the temple. Ziha seems to represent the leading Nethinim family ( Ezra 2:43 ; Nehemiah 7:46 ). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Nehemiah 11:21

Ophel, the southern spur of the temple hill, having a wall of its own Nehemiah 3:27 might be reckoned either in Jerusalem or outside it. Here it is made a separate place. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Nehemiah 11:21

Nehemiah 11:21. The Nethinims dwelt in Ophel Which was upon the wall of Jerusalem, because they were to do the servile work of the temple; therefore they were to be posted near it, that they might be ready to attend. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Nehemiah 11:1-36

Lists of Jerusalem residents (11:1-36)Most of the people who returned from exile had settled in the country around Jerusalem rather than in the city itself. Therefore, because Jerusalem was thinly populated, a resettlement scheme was put into practice. Under this scheme one tenth of the residents from the country areas came to live in Jerusalem and so increase its stability. In addition to these, a large group offered willingly to come and live in the city (11:1-2).A list is then given of the... read more

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